June 26, 2023
Debbie Sharnak and Gabriela Fried Amilivia

On June 27, 1973, a coup plunged Uruguay into dictatorship. Decades later, human rights movements continue to demand justice for the crimes committed under the reign of state terror.

June 23, 2023
Jennifer Adair

Debbie Sharnak’s book traces the shifting meanings of human rights in Uruguay’s descent into authoritarianism and continued struggle for justice and accountability.

August 10, 2020
Stuart Schrader

The 1970 murder of a U.S. police advisor in Uruguay offers lessons for police reform debates today.

October 26, 2018
Greg Grandin

By 1979, much of the southern cone had fallen to right-wing military dictatorships in an era defined by militarist anti-communism, the defeat of the working class movement, and the emergence of neoliberalism. From our 50th anniversary issue, available open access for a limited time.

September 2, 2014
Debbie Sharnak

It has been a year since Uruguay passed an affirmative action law to help repair its historical racism. But where do Afro-Uruguayans stand today?

July 10, 2014
Hannah Hetzer and John Walsh

In 2013, Uruguay was the first nation in the world to legalize marijuana—not through ballot initiatives, but through deliberations within the national legislature.

July 8, 2014
Debbie Sharnak

The "No a la baja" campaign in Uruguay protests a new law coming to vote that would lower the age of criminal responsibility, unfairly pinpointing adolescents as the perpetrators of crime and insecurity.

January 17, 2014
Uruguay has earned a reputation as a democratic country, and the recent passage of laws implementing gay marriage and the legalization of cannabis confirmed its progressive stance. But becoming a top global exporter of iron ore could be a difficult test for this thriving democracy. 
September 5, 2013
Against the wishes of the prevailing drug control regime, last month the government of Uruguay took the first steps to legalize marijuana. Against the backdrop of the failed War on Drugs, it is about time that the countries of the Caribbean come forward with their own individual policies on marijuana which reflects their own national security and development interests—instead of those of the United States.
March 4, 2013
Coletta A. Youngers

At the very least, we can hope that Obama, in his second term, will show greater tolerance for the debate on drug-policy alternatives that has blossomed across Latin America.


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